Looking back over the course of the summer I realize that I learned much more than I ever thought I would have. It turns out that three months is more than enough time to make lasting relationships and steep oneself in many aspects of a business. Going into my corporate finance internship I think it was very important that I kept an open mind about the work I would be doing and whether or not it would be what I wanted to pursue as a career once I graduate. A worthwhile piece of advise to anyone about to start an internship, even if it is not a “dream internship” is to open yourself to the experience – it might just end up being something that that person absolutely loves. Personally being exposed to some business development affirmed my interest and passion for M&A so I am definitely pursuing an internship for next summer based on what I learned from this experience.
Another word of wisdom for any students pursuing an internship in finance or accounting would be to familiarize themselves with Excel and principles of accounting. I experienced a slight learning curve in these areas, and from what I saw nearly every position within finance or accounting draws on these two skills. I encourage future students to use the resources available to them online which are many in number from YouTube to other more formal training classes. Having a solid foundation in these skills will give you an upper hand and help a person better understand the work they will be tasked with in these positions. In short, keep an open mind and prepare in whatever is possible and a summer internship may just surprise with more than one had in mind.